Saturday, January 4, 2014

Look To The Lady

"Do not meddle in the affairs of wizards, for they are subtle and quick to anger."
--- J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

When summer is such a toothless lie
the even the sunlight shivers,
and dragonflies are caught in flight
by the ice of reaching rivers,

look to the lady you left behind
with less care than you'd give a stranger.
Look to the lady of snow shrouded July;
a witch is quick to anger.

A bit of fantasy for Kerry's challenge at Real Toads

23 comments:

Robert Bourne said...

there is an air of truth in this poem... you created a great poem which echos the quote...the last stanza had great power and strength...

Heaven said...

Terrific verses MZ ~ Beware of the witch awakening ~








Susan said...

I'd say by then it is a bit too late.

J Cosmo Newbery said...

Hey! I know that lady!

You paint a clear picture.
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manicddaily said...

Ha! Wonderfully clever and not so fantastical! Take care, MZ.

Sherry Blue Sky said...

MZ, your poems always pack a wallop, are confoundingly succinct, in perfect brevity. I am in awe.

Kathryn said...

You had me with the first line. Love this.

Hannah said...

Your brevity and precise use of words pack a punch every time. Great one MZ!

Fireblossom said...

Dragonflies caught in "the ice of reaching rivers". What a chilling image that is!

Pealogic said...

It's simply breathtaking. I love the ice of reaching rivers, it's just like our valley here and now.
Pea
x

Lorraine said...

You don't piss off a Witch, have they no sense

Jae Rose said...

What a wonderful opening line..definitely sets the tone of this biting piece

blueoran said...

Yep, those Misty Mountains sure look benippled in summertime, but there's snow on them thar peaks, and a smug boy who can't see beyond his sword is liable to end up the next skull-trophy in Smaug's hoard. The way you write it so powerfully reminds me of witches I've crossed over the years, and how that curse subtly pays itself forward.

ayala said...

A great write. Hoping 2014 is good to you, wishing you a happy and healthy.

Björn said...

Loved these verses... I'm always watching out for witches...

hedgewitch said...

Your gift for the perfect simile always knocks me sideways...the contrarian view of the seasons, of the weather, of the heart, is as potent as a moonlight curse coming true at full noon.

Kerry O'Connor said...

Oooh! This is superb. I love the way you set up the whole scene and time frame in stanza 1 and then hit us with the cautionary words of stanza 2. Just wonderful writing.

Susie Clevenger said...

"dragonflies are caught in flight by the ice of reaching rivers" Love that...as always your brevity says more than many who are long winded..fabulous write!

grapeling said...

Just finished re-reading the Hobbit, and this sounds like an Elven saying. ~

Rachelle Smith Stokes said...

You know what they say about women, anger and scorn! She turned summer to winter! Bad choice by whoever angered her! Very cool.

Lolamouse said...

Love those opening lines! They drew me right in! Great use of slant rhyme also!

Helen said...

Shivering sunlight ~~~ an apt description of what is happening across the USA. Beautiful poem, MZ.

ed pilolla said...

lady of snow shrouded july is a magical character, especially after the gandalf reference. so good.